Kaitlyn Fieseler (MS OTR/L) is Jovan's occupational therapist at Cortica, Advanced Neurological Therapies for Autism. Today she sent me an awesome video of Jovan using the slackline at the clinic (Cortica). We are so proud of Jovan!
Proprioception and the vestibular system are key components in understanding the benefits of this specific type of occupational therapy for Jovan. Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of one's own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. Here is another great medical definition of proprioception. The definition of vestibular is interpreting stimuli from the inner ear receptors regarding head position and movement. A key feature of slacklining is the balance and proprioceptive awareness.
This is another great article about slacklining from Psychology Today called, "Can Slacklining be Good for the Brain?" Although the article focuses more on team sports and the benefits of the team practicing slacklining techniques, it's a great resource into understanding what our brains might need to thrive.
Hello my name is Stephany and I want to share my story. I am a mother of an autistic child. My son is Jovan, and this is his journey.
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